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Preparations underway for rural roads, winter weather

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "We're working on our equipment now, we've got plenty of sand on hand, our trucks are in working order," said Craighead County Judge, Ed Hill.

Craighead County road crews are making sure they're ready to battle old man winter head on.

"Everything will be ready to roll at any given time," said Hill.

Craighead County Judge Ed Hill says there are roughly 200 miles of hard surface roads countywide.  It's a lot of ground to cover when the flakes start flying.

"It really gets worse as it starts snowing, and the traffic gets on it, is when it really gets slick," said Hill.

Hill says the intersection at County Road 762 and Highway 49-B is one of the first to get attention from road crews because of the hill and the quick stop after the hill.  What's often referred to as  Goobertown road is also a trouble spot after snow or ice events, so Hill says it's one of the first to see sand.

"Depending on the amount of snow, we'll use motor graters in the county if necessary.   We'll run our black top first then we'll spread out into the other roads if the snow gets deep enough to warrant that," said Hill.

"Our main concern is to take care of the citizens of Craighead County," said Craighead County Road Foreman, Bo James.

James says they will treat the most heavily traveled roads first, along with hills and busy intersections.

One of the biggest challenges James says, is with more than 1200 miles of gravel roads, he says there's not a whole lot they can do to clear them with equipment unless several inches of snow falls.

"You'll push all of your gravel off the side of the road.   It's hard to recover that gravel once you push it off," said James.

James says their focus now is being ready at a moment's notice.

"If you don't, you'll get behind, and it's hard to catch up," said James.

"We'll have all hands on deck if that's what it warrants," said Hill.

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